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Incase you have been “dulling ontop bike” or “swimming in the forest”, Chelsea billionaire owner Roman Abramovic “haff” sacked coach Roberto Di Matteo- the man that defied all odds to put the club’s name in the list of Champions league winners for the first time in her history. Now that’s some bad news, innit?, especially for those of us who admire the Italian’s composure on the sidelines, unlike his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas who squats about on the pitch as if “shit dey catch am”.
Now this is the GOOD NEWS! Our own dear Samson SiaSia, former Super Eagles coach, has been given the go ahead by Abramovic to manage the Blues from now till they win the Champions League again. «*Now playing* I HAVE A DREAM by Abba»
His calculation is that last season, Chelsea was on the brink of elimination from the Uefa Champions League (UCL) when he sacked “high profile” AVB and appointed RDM who took his side to the “promise land”. Now after the Champions League defeat to Juventus on Tuesday, which puts them at the highest risk of becoming the first defending champions to be eliminated at the group stages, Abramovic thinks Siasia would do the same magic RDM performed last season. According to our source Don Jazzy, who is a “MAN U” fan, and who’s presently in the studio cooking beats for Wizkid, this info was gotten from a revelation in his dream last night.

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes an eagerly-awaited return to Manchester on Wednesday night, and Roberto Mancini is threatening to adopt an unorthodox approach to stopping him wreaking havoc at the Etihad Stadium.
Asked how he intended shackling the Real Madrid dangerman’s threat, and preventing him finishing off Manchester City’s slender Champions’ League hopes, Mancini paused for a moment before saying, with a deadpan look: ‘We’ll call the police.’

A smile soon followed, but he was adamant it would be a crime if Real’s former Manchester United forward missed out on FIFA’s backing him for the Ballon D’Or award, even though Lionel Messi appears to be the overwhelming favourite.
The Etihad may not be Ronaldo’s happiest hunting ground, after just one goal in five games there and two red cards in his last three appearances, but Mancini summed up the task facing City by saying: ‘I just hope he can have a bad night on Wednesday because, when you come up against a player who can score one or two goals every game, it is difficult,’ he said.
‘Ronaldo is a top player and he deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. He scored so many goals last year, and that helped Real finish above Barcelona in La Liga. He and Messi are the best players in the world, but what he did to make Real champions has to count in his favour.

‘I hope he can have a bad night on Wednesday, but when you come up against a player who can score one or two goals every game, it is difficult.
‘For him, it will be a big occasion, returning to Manchester, but it is an important night for Real as well, because they want to keep progressing towards the second stage.’
Ronaldo scored a late winner when City lost 3-2 at the Bernabeu in the opening game of this season’s Champions League, and Mancini believes that loss was the catalyst for City’s poor form in their next three group games.

‘If we had come back from the Bernabeu with a good result it would have probably changed this group for us,’ he said. ‘It was really disappointing. It’s not easy to play there and in the first half they played better than us, but the match totally changed in the second half and, when you are 2-1 up with three minutes to go, you should be very strong to close the game.
‘I think that we don’t have any chance to go to the second stage, but football is strange. I think for the fans it’s an important game because, three or four years ago, City supporters would want this game and to play in the Champions League against Real and Barcelona. Now it’s an important game and we want to do a good job.’
 

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Boosted by winning their first Champions League title, Chelsea reported an annual profit on Friday for the first time in the nine-year reign of Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

The Premier League club announced a profit of £1.4 million in the year to June 30, 2012, compared to a £67.7m loss in the previous financial year.

As well as earning about £47.9m from its successful Champions League campaign, which ended in a memorable victory over Bayern Munich on penalties in Munich, Chelsea said it also made £28.8m from dealings in the transfer market.

“We will never forget that night in Munich and now we are celebrating serious progress off the field, too,” Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said.

Chelsea posted a record turnover of £255.7m, up more than £30m on 12 months ago, with the club enjoying “an uplift in revenues from commercial activities including new partners and merchandising.”

It leaves only Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich ahead of the European champions in terms of turnover.

Chelsea said the financial results put the club in a strong position to comply with Uefa’s new financial fair play regulations, which oblige clubs in European competition to break even.

“Our club philosophy is built on success,” chief executive Ron Gourlay said.

“We had that success on the field this year, as we were the first London team to win the Champions League, and we enjoyed it off the field as well and this helps us inject financial investment into the team.”

Chelsea allowed big earners Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou to leave this summer, while also loaning out Michael Essien to Real Madrid.

With manager Roberto di Matteo keen to invigorate the squad with creative forwards, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Marko Marin were all brought in for a combined reported total of £70m in the off-season.

The outlay for these signings was unlikely to have been included in the figures for the last financial year.

Chelsea are second in the Premier League and level on points with Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of its Champions League group, with two matchdays remaining.

Abramovich is reported to have spent over £1 billion since taking ownership of the club from Ken Bates.